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All Saints Church, Emberton, Bucks in the evening sunshine - geograph.org.uk - 1322225.jpg
All Saints Church
Emberton is located in Buckinghamshire
Emberton shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 720 (2011 Census including Chicheley)[1]
OS grid reference SP885495
Civil parish
  • Emberton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OLNEY
Postcode district MK46
Dialling code 01234
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°08′10″N 0°42′29″W / 52.136°N 0.708°W / 52.136; -0.708Coordinates: 52°08′10″N 0°42′29″W / 52.136°N 0.708°W / 52.136; -0.708

Emberton is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire in England.[2] The village is near the border with Northamptonshire, just to the south of Olney and four miles north of Newport Pagnell.

The parish of Emberton was formed from three villages that were annexed together for ecclesiastical purposes in 1650: Petsoe, Ekeney and Emberton. Today nothing remains of Ekeney and Petsoe only exists as a hamlet called Petsoe End.

The village name is an Old English word and means Eanbeorht's Farm. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was called Ambretone; in manorial records of 1227 it was Emberdestone.

The manor was previously owned by the Pagnell family of Newport Pagnell. The parish church is dedicated to All Saints.

At the heart of the village is a clock tower, which has been renovated recently with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Although there are no shops in the village, there is a village pub and restaurant called the Bell and Bear on the site of the old Bell Inn. The former Bear Inn was previously situated near Petsoe where the A509 now runs.[3]

Poem engraved on the Clock Tower:

Time's on the wing, how swift he speeds his way,
Hastening to sink in one continuous day,
Pause passing traveller, "what thy destiny?"
When death unveils a vast eternity
Live then to Christ, in Christ eternal gain
No Christ, No Hope, but everlasting pain.

Dan Wheldon (1978–2011), one of the biggest names in American motorsport, hailed from Emberton. Though relatively unknown in his native Britain, Wheldon became a star in the United States after winning both the IndyCar championship and the Indy 500 in 2005 and 2011. He was killed in a high-speed crash involving 15 cars in the 2011 IndyCar season finale held in Las Vegas.

Hollington Wood, a small patch of ancient woodland, lies about a mile south-east of Emberton.

The Milton Keynes Wind Farm is located 2 miles east of Emberton. The Emberton Country Park Country Park is also nearby.


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes Archived June 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. - Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ Bell and Bear - Bell and Bear

External links[edit]

Media related to Emberton at Wikimedia Commons